what had caused the airplane crash at poteau airport?

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One Killed In Plane Accident In Poteau
Posted: Aug 13, 2009 10:39 AM CDT
Updated: Aug 13, 2009 3:37 PM CDT

The victim’s name has not been released.Associated Press

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says one person has been killed in an accident involving an ultra-light plane at the Poteau airport.

The victim’s name has not been released.

FAA spokesman Roland Herwig says it’s believed the accident occurred as the Pegasus Quantum 15 aircraft was being moved into a hangar.

He says the plane is registered to Ronald Lynn Boyd of Humble, Texas.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West says the accident occurred about 9 a.m. Thursday.

Herwig says because it appears there was no intent to fly the plane, Poteau police will handle the investigation while the FAA will monitor the information.

Poteau police did not immediately return a phone call for comment. Calls to the airport were met with a busy signal

POTEAU, Okla. – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a local airport manager, Ellis Wigham, was killed early Wednesday morning in an accident out at the Robert S. Kerr Airport in Poteau.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that Wigham was taxiing a weight-shifted aircraft registered to Roland Lynn Boyd of Humble, Texas, when he apparently struck the wing of another grounded plane around 8:30 a.m.

“It was a freak accident,” said Jack Younger, the assistant manager at the airport. “He was just going to taxi the aircraft, he was the only one here at the airport; I was up flying at the time, and it got away from him somehow.”

Younger says he knew Wigham for more than 20 years, long before they worked together at the airport. He says he loved motorcycles and working on planes, though he was an on-again, off-again pilot.

“He hadn’t been in the pilot’s seat for several years,” said Younger.

An FAA spokesperson says because it appears there was no intent to fly the plane, Poteau police will handle the investigation while their agency will monitor the information.

Poteau Chamber of Commerce CEO, Karen Wages, called Whigham a very, very loyal family man who was an exceptional person. She said he supported the community, was instrumental in the Poteau Balloon Fest, and responsible for bringing the airport up to par in recent years.

Whigham is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren both in Oklahoma and Texas.

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